6 Beauty Products I Wish I NEVER Bought

Over the past few months I’ve accumulated  a lot of beauty products, LOADS of which I’m a fan of and would definitely repurchase, but there’s been a few that I’m just NOT feeling, no matter how much I try to use and get used to them, so I thought I’d share my experiences.

First off is Sleek’s Matte Me. I bought this lippie last month on my hunt to find the perfect matte lipstick – I’m actually obsessed with any matte look but I find it hard to find colours that sit well against my skin tone. I decided to give these a go, they were cheap and every one had been raving about them. I picked up Birthday Suit that had been sold out everywhere and Fandango Purple. However, these lippies looked terrible on me and felt really drying and papery on my lips – am I the only one? 

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Next up is NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. I’ve really got a love hate relationship with NARS, they have beautiful products that I would love to try, but their foundation shades just don’t cater to my skin tone, which leads me on to this product. I bought this tinted moisturiser for a holiday I was going on – I didn’t want to wear makeup, but I didn’t want to go bare faced, so I thought a tinted moisturiser would be the way to go. I bought this tinted moisturiser in Polynesia, which was the darkest they went up to (i don’t think they’ve got anything darker) but it definitely wasn’t my shade even after being recommended it in Selfridges. I was also disappointed with its coverage.

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One thing that really annoys me when applying makeup is my visible pores. It’s one thing I would definitely change if I could, but I’ve come to learn that no matter what I do, nothing tremendously improves their appearance. I bought this Garnier Smoothing Correcting Primer, and after reading what it could do for me, I was sold! I did notice a difference in it smoothing over my pores, making my makeup look that extra bit flawless, however, it made me super SHINY! – absolutely not a good look, especially as I suffer with oily skin.

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I’m sure you know by now that I’m in love with Nails Inc from my last nail inspired post. I received this Nails Inc Nail Polish in Uptown for Christmas, and I instantly fell in love. It truly is the perfect nude pink. I love it, but sadly it just doesn’t suit me 😦

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I think it would suit a fairer skin tone though, but to be completely honest, I just like looking at it *covers face in shame*

Carrying on with the whole lip pie saga, I recently found out that NYX is now available on ASOS- yes, hunny! I had heard so many people raving on social media about NYX products, saying they were really good and super affordable, so I thought I’d give them a go. I would never normally recommend buying lip gloss/ lipstick products online as you just don’t know if the colours you’re seeing are true to life, but I went with it anyway – more fool me!

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I chose Prague in the soft matte creme and Merengue in the butter gloss, which really do look beautiful, but look terrible on me. Again I found the matte gloss felt papery on my lips – I think this is a sign that I stick to matte lipsticks as I just don’t find matte glosses are my cup of tea. Does anyone else have this problem?

The last item on my list is Decleor Aroma Night. This is a night balm, which you put on after cleansing your face. I found this product left my skin sooo hydrated and smooth, however, it STANK. The smell was just not pleasant and actually put me off, because it’s all over your face, you cant escape it lol. The only thing I could compare it to was black Liquorice, like those black jack sweets lol. I wouldn’t say this product was a complete fail, but I won’t be re-purchasing, simply because of the smell.

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So tell me, what products have you been loving and hating? Let me know x

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February Face

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I’m a makeup junkie – there I said it! I love makeup, I love buying it, the fancy packaging, building a collection and just admiring it, but out of the gazillion pieces in my makeup collection, here’s what I’ve actually been using on my face this month.

Let’s start with Eyeko Black Magic Mascara – It is hands down the BEST mascara I’ve ever bought in my life, AND it was only £3 at a beauty sample sale – result! I used to use Benefit’s They’re Real! but it’s nothing on Eyeko. This mascara really does work, giving your lashes drama, length and curl, without clumping – I really can’t imagine using another mascara. My lashes tend to get weak too, but this contains Keratin and Shea butter which helps strengthen the lashes and conditions them… what more could you really want from a mascara.

Staying on the subject of eyes and lashes, my next love is Benefit’s They’re real Push Up Liner. I’m going to be honest, this eye liner is not the easiest to use because the design of the tip of the pen that’s designed with a ‘number’ to push lashes out of the way, but once I got the hang of it I found it’s quite easy to use and create a fleeky flick. One thing I love and hate about it though is that it stays put. Once you’ve drawn a line forget about trying to wipe mistakes away, but, on the plus side you don’t have to worry about it rubbing out throughout the day. You can also control how much actually comes out by twisting the bottom on the pen, which is handy.

Bare Minerals Powder in Golden Dark. I rediscovered this after my Mac pressed powder ran out, and I’m so glad I did. I had three lying about, so I’ve got enough to last me a lifetime. This is a non cakey powder that leaves your skin looking golden with a slight shimmer – I love it. It’s way lighter than Mac’s pressed powder and lasts throughout the whole day, I only touch up if I’m going out after work.

The next product that’s been on my face practically everyday since I bought it, is my Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (yes ladies, now you don’t have to worry if a guy takes you swimming on a first date, lol) This foundation is beautiful, after getting a Mac Makeover, my artist recommended it and I find it looks so much better than the Studio Fix Fluid does on my skin – it looks more smooth and fluid. this foundation is a mid coverage foundation and build able, which is great if you have imperfections you want to cover. A little goes a long way too as this tube has lasted me about 5 months.mac3

Bobbi Brown and Mac products have a always been a staple in my makeup collection. I’ve had this Bobbi Brown palette for about 3 years and it’s something I always use when I’m going out or want to add a little shimmer to my look. I can’t actually remember what this palette is called but I use the colours for highlighting on my brow bone, and cheek bones. This is kind of my alternative to a contour kit, as I have high cheek bones this complements them, much more than a deep contour which I feel will exaggerate the shape of my face.

bobbi brownI think, in fact I know I have a problem with eye shadow palettes as I have so many, but only use this Mac Burgundy x9 palette, it gives me LIFE. The colours are just so beautiful – subtle enough for everyday, but are so pigmented and shimmery that you can wear them on a night out. my fave colours are; Honey Lust, Antiqued, Embark, Star Violet and Sketch.

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One of my more recent purchases is a NYX Butter Gloss in Strawberry Parfait. I hardly ever wear lipstick or lip stain, but I thought I’d try something different and its definitely the colour for me –  a perfect mix between a pink and brown and it smells lush.

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And lastly, it’s not really a makeup product, but I use this everyday, to control enlarged pores, even when i’m not wearing makeup. Maybelline’s Instant Pore Eraser is a miracle in a tube. I feel everyone in the beauty world has tried and tested this product but it’s something I’ll repurchase as it helps my makeup apply better and look a lot smoother over areas where I suffer with enlarged pores.

What beauty products have you been enjoying this month or in general? #FebruaryFace